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    Welcome to Pershing Square Outdoor Concert and Event Center

    Pershing Square is in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles at 532 S. Olive St. The facility is operated by the Department of Recreation and Parks. Dedicated in 1866 and originally named La Plaza Abaja (the Lower Plaza), the “Square” underwent its first renovation in 1911 to reflect the social and economic growth of the city. During World War I the park was used for receptions for the militia and provided a public forum much like London’s Hyde Park Corner. In 1918 the park’s name was formally changed to Pershing Square in honor of the World War I general. The Department of Recreation and Parks, the Pershing Square Property Association and the Community Redevelopment Agency joined to renovate the park once again in 1989.

    Pershing Square features an open and elevated ayan-style amphitheater, a grove of orange trees that pays tribute to Los Angeles’ agricultural roots, and at the south end a large river rock-lined circular fountain with a time-released water flow creating a tidal action. Artists Ricardo Legorreta, Laurie Olin and Barbara McCarren helped design Pershing Square. Pershing Square hosts a variety of community events.

    JThe Pershing Square Downtown Stage is a six-week summer concert series with free music, films and events four days a week. An outdoor ice skating rink is hosted by Pershing Square November through January including a snow laden Winter Holiday Festival.

    Free Zumba and Yoga classes are held in the new Community Room. A new chess are is available for chess clubs, tournaments and casual players. In the spring game nights are held on Tuesdays offering board games and lawn activities. Also new are the Pet Area and Hanging Wall Garden.

    Pershing Square also runs a Mobile Youth Program that provides free arts and crafts, sports, games and summer and winter day camps for hundreds of children. A new children's play area will built on the campus in early 2015. A Farmers Market and Food Truck Friday lunch events are run weekly. Annual events include art shows by the Art Squared Gallery a city scape outdoor gallery; the St. Patrick’s Day free lunchtime concert celebration and the Spring Eggstravaganza. The venue also serves as a major location for television shows, films and private parties.

    Dedicated for use by Mayor Aguilar in 1866, this park land was named "La Plaza Abaja." In 1886, it was renovated with an official park plan designed by Fred Eaton. In 1911, the park was redesigned by John Parkinson to reflect the social and economic growth of the city.

    During World War I, the Square was often the scene for militia receptions and provided a forum for public speakers. On November 8, 1918, the park was formally named Pershing Square in honor of the World War I general.

    The next major change came in the 1950s, when an 1800-car garage was built beneath the park. In 1989, the Pershing Square Property Association and the Community Redevelopment Agency contributed to assist the Department of Recreation and Parks in the renovation of the park. Architect Ricardo Legoretta and landscapist Laurie Olin designed the current park plan, and the park was rededicated on February 3, 1994.

    For more history and walking tours, contact the L.A. Conservancy

     

     

    Contact

    Pershing Square Office Hours

      Monday through Friday — 9:00AM—5:30PM
      • Staff is on-site for weekend special events. Pershing Square has 24-hour security.

      Pershing Square Contact Persons

      Louise Capone, Senior Recreation Director / Facility Manager
      • 532 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
      • Phone: 213-847-4970 | Fax: 213-485-0985
      • Email: pershing.square@lacity.org
      Gus Sedano, Recreation Coordinator Mobile Youth Programs/ Permits and Venue Rental
      • 532 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
      • Phone: 213-485-1645 | Fax: 213-485-0985
      Stephanie Perez, Office Manager
      • 532 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
      • Phone: 213-847-4970 | Fax: 213-485-0985
      Tyler Vitullo, Technical Director
      • 532 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
      • Phone: 213-847-4970 | Fax: 213-485-0985

      Permits & Venue Rental

      Nicholas Milos, Permits Applications
      • 532 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
      • Phone: 213-847-4970 | Fax: 213-485-0985

      Film companies are requested to have paper work and payment complete one week prior to scheduled film shoot. Rental Applicants are requested to have paper work and payment complete one month prior to event.

    Pershing Square Parking Garage

    Jose Flores, Parking Garage Manager

    532 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013

    Phone: 213-473-5557 | Fax: 213-485-0985



    For information regarding daily or monthly parking rates, special event or film location parking please call directly to the garage office located on the first level of the underground garage at the bottom of the west side escalator.

    For fast and easy payment exit please use the Pershing Square pay stations located on the first floor of the garage at the bottom of the escalator. After parking, take your parking ticket with you. Before returning to your vehicle, pay at an automated pay station. Insert your ticket in to the automated pay station, followed by a credit payment. Wait for your pre-paid ticket to dispense. Exit the garage by inserting your prepaid ticket into the exit system.

    You may also pay for your parking by a credit payment at the exit gate to a parking attendant. No cash payments are negotiated for parking at the Pershing Square Garage​.

    Please note:
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    Booking & Entertainment

    If you would like your music group to be considered for a concerts series please mail a promotional package to Pershing Square care of "Artist Relations" at 532 S. Olive Los Angeles, CA 90013.

    The preferred manner of contact is by either a promotional kit or an EPK via email to Pershing.Square@lacity.org. Phone calls are not encouraged. Please include all contact information. All musicians, manager or booking agents may submit. All music content, stage set up, audio input and riders are reviewed before presentation selection

    Location

    532 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013

    Directions

    Dash

    From City Hall ride DASH "B" toward the Financial District and exit Olive at 6th Street. From the Garland Building ride DASH "E," exit Olive at 7th Street, and walk north one block. For alternate routes, visit LADOT.

    Metro/Subway

    Ride the Red Line toward downtown Los Angeles and exit Pershing Square (5th Street). For alternate routes, visit MTA.

    Vehicles

    Drive the 110 Freeway toward Downtown Los Angeles and exit 6th Street. For parking information, call 213-473-5557.

    Additional Information

    Disabled Person

    Parking is available on the first level of our parking facility. An elevator is also located at the center of the garage. Interpreters, assisted listening devices, and other services may be provided upon request. Please call 888-LA-PARKS or visit www.laparks.org/pershingsquare